4,863 ft / 1,482 m

#1 in West Virginia

#32,542 in United States


2,781 ft / 848 m


98 summits

Top climbing months

May   21%

June   18%

August   14%

Most climbed route

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0.8 mi • 13 ft gain


  • Spruce Knob is the highest peak in West Virginia and the summit of Spruce Mountain, the tallest mountain in the Alleghenies.
  • Its summit has a definite alpine feel, much more so than other mountains of the Southern Appalachians.
  • The upper few hundred feet of the mountain are covered in a dense spruce forest, a relic boreal forest environment similar to forests found in northern New England and Canada.
  • The summit is accessible via a paved Forest Service road, and is crowned with a stone lookout tower amid a mixture of boulder fields, meadows and trees.
  • Spruce Knob is within the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, which in turn is part of Monongahela National Forest.
22 summits • 0.8 mi • 13 ft gain • 2 hr 0 min